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SHARPE MIND: Derby Rivals See Stars

In this week’s SHARPE MIND blog, where sports betting PR legend GRAHAM SHARPE aims to bring you a rundown of Sensational, Hard to believe, Amusing, Remarkable, Pertinent & Entertaining events which have happened over the years in the worlds of racing and betting during each specific week of the year, he digs out some of the golden moments from the week between 6 June and 12 June.


🗓️ JUNE 6, 2009

DERBY RIVALS SEE STARS

John Oxx-trained Sea The Stars added the Derby to his 2000 Guineas win – the first to complete that double for 20 years. But he was far from done, going on to add the Eclipse Stakes, becoming the first colt to take this hat trick since Nashwan in 1989. He also won the Arc. The Queen was at Epsom on Derby Day, amid controversy that she hadn’t been invited by the French government to join their 65th D-Day anniversary celebrations.


🗓️ JUNE 6, 1921

SIR GORDON’S THIRTY YEAR WAIT

Up and coming future riding legend, Gordon Richards rode his first ever double, on John Charles and Spiral Spin at Lewes. A mere THIRTY TWO years to the day later, the recently knighted Sir Gordon won his first Derby – at the 28th and final attempt, by getting 5/1 jt fav, Pinza across the line in front.


🗓️ JUNE 7, 2007

HOW DOUG MADE HIS MARK

Jockey turned trainer, Doug Marks, died at the age of 85. As a 17 year old apprentice he rode Godiva to win both the 1000 Guineas and Oaks in 1940, taking the reins after stable jockey J.L. Crouch died in a plane crash. Marks suffered terrible injuries following a 1941 fall and spent four years in hospital.As a trainer – for singer Frankie Vaughan amongst others – he specialised in sprinters – of which Fireside Chat, Shiny Tenth and Singing Bede were the pick.


🗓️ JUNE 7, 1864

DEBUT DERBY

America’s first Derby was run, even though the Civil War was ongoing. The Jersey Derby, run at Paterson, New Jersey, over a mile and a half attracted 12 runners and was won by Norfolk in front of a crowd of some 10,000. The conditions stated: ‘The Jersey Derby, a sweepstake premium of $1000 for three-year-olds, $50 entrance, play or pay, one and a half mile dash; to carry 100 pounds; fillies and geldings allowed three pounds.’


🗓️ JUNE 8, 1996

HISTORIC HILLS & HAGGAS

Alex Greaves became the first woman to ride in the Derby, partnering 500/1 shot Portuguese Lil, but finishing at the back of the field, as 12/1 Shaamit won under Michael Hills for trainer William Haggas. The race was run early at 2.25 to avoid a clash with televised international football from the European Championships.


🗓️ JUNE 8, 1992

WORLD CHAMP JAMIE

Jamie Osborne got to call himself a world champ as he won the grandly titled World Jump Jockey Championship in Australia on this date. 1992 was a very good year for him as he was also leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival, riding five winners, equalling the record at the time, and enjoying a treble on one day. As a trainer, Osborne’s biggest winner was Toast of New York, who won almost £2 million from 13 international starts, landing the 2014 UAE Derby at Meydan and just missing out on the Breeders’ Cup Classic by a nose at Santa Anita.


🗓️ JUNE 9, 1984

WORLD CLASS DOUBLE

Two of the all-time great jockeys shone on the same day as US superstar Willie Shoemaker landed his first Epsom winner, Royal Recourse, on the same afternoon that Lester Piggott romped to his 27th British Classic winner on Circus Plume in the Oaks, to level Lester with Frank Buckle’s record total.


🗓️ JUNE 9, 1973

BIG RED’S BELMONT

In an awe-inspiring performance, the US all-time great, Secretariat completed the Triple Crown as he positively ran away with the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths in a record time of 2m 24s, becoming the first Triple Crown winner for 25 years. Fans of the horse called him ‘Big Red’. He died in 1989, aged 19.


🗓️ JUNE 10, 1995

TRAGIC MEMORY

Saeed Bin Suroor sent out 14/1 chance Lammtarra, ridden by Walter Swinburn, to win the Derby in a course record 2m 32.31s. The horse had been trained as a two year old by Alex Scott, who was subsequently tragically murdered. He had placed a £1000 ante-post bet on the horse to win the Derby at 33/1, This was also the first Saturday Derby since 1953.


🗓️ JUNE 10, 1992

DANDY DOUBLE

It may have been tempting fate to call the Hamilton meeting Saints And Sinners Day – as jockey Dandy Nicholls took the latter part of the name a little too seriously, being hauled up in front of the stewards in consecutive races and handed two successive four day bans.


🗓️ JUNE 11, 2009

TRAINER ON SHAKY GROUND

Matt Gingell was warned off for two years after becoming the first British trainer to be found guilty of a doping offence involving sodium bicarbonate – known as a milkshake.His Kassuta was tested at Fakenham in November 2007 after finishing third. In a recent newspaper interview Gingell had said: ‘I can’t see that a small 30-horse yard such as myself with moderate to low-grade horses is going to be able to hold its head above water for the next two years.’ That was prophetic, and he had already handed in his licence before the guilty verdict.


🗓️ JUNE 11, 1988

BELMONT BREAKTHROUGH

For the first time in US Triple Crown race, the Belmont Stakes, a woman saddled one of the placed horses – as Dianne (correct spelling) Carpenter’s Kingpost finished second behind 21/10 Risen. She died in 2011 by which time she’d become the first female trainer to saddle two Kentucky Derby runners.


🗓️ JUNE 12, 1992

IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR

An eight race card at Canterbury Downs, USA became something of a family affair as David Essman celebrated riding a double, only to be doubled up by his own wife, Kokie Warhol, who booted home four winners.


🗓️ JUNE 12, 1884

SHOCKING DRAUGHT

Having claimed that his horse St Simon had more ‘electricity’ about him than any other he had trained, it couldn’t have been a great shock to trainer Mat Dawson (1820-1908) when the colt romped home by 20 lengths in the Ascot Gold Cup on this date, aged just three. The horse – reckoned by some turf historians to be the greatest horse ever seen on the English Turf – went on to prove an outstanding nine-time champion sire. He died aged 27 and his skeleton was given to the Natural History Museum. Dawson wasn’t a bad judge of horseflesh as he saddled the winners of 28 Classics. He died in shocking circumstances, too – having been visited by the Prince of Wales, who had ridden over to talk to him, Dawson was too polite to turn his back on the Prince to close a window letting in a draught – which resulted in him catching the chill from which he died.


🗓️ JUNE 12, 2009

184,740 PEOPLE CAN’T BE WRONG……OR CAN THEY?

On June 12, 2009, Frankie Dettori and Sir Peter O’Sullevan turned up outside 10 Downing Street to deliver a petition to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, signed by 184,740 people, demanding that racing coverage on the BBC be saved, and intended cuts reduced or reversed. That went well, didn’t it!?

GRAHAM SHARPE


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